Over eight thousand paintings are submitted each year to the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Hundreds of artists receive a rejection slip in the post to say that their work will not be hung in this major show. Only 800 pictures finally make it onto the walls of the Royal Academy.
The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, inspired by the original "Salon Des Refuses" held in Paris in the 19th century, hangs the best of the work submitted to the Royal Academy but not hung.
Every painting is for sale and may be taken by the purchaser immediately, creating space for another painting to be displayed. All paintings will be on show for three weeks after which new work will be hung.
Over the years purchasers have returned again and again, and many have commented that this alternative exhibition contains more original and exciting work.